Wednesday, February 1, 2012

a tale of two Verona's...

Welcome to February!
it's time to talk about LOVE. i can smell LOVE brewing in our blog
world and everywhere!

i am proud to be from the home of Starbucks!
i have been drinking it since the early 70's.
my favorite blend is Caffe' Verona! during the days
leading up to Valentine's Day, the stores feature Verona
and chocolate.  it's a perfect marriage!
(an affordable way to experience the best of both worlds)

Cafe Verona originated as the house blend of a restaurant called
Jake O'Shaughnessy's. it was a very popular restaurant at the
foot of Queen Anne Hill. back in the first days of Starbucks, they would
blend the coffee beans for you at your request.  Jake's blend  became the
most popular request. when Howard Schultz  bought Starbucks in 1987,
he chose to trademark the blend and call it...
it you want to "have your cake and eat it too",  brew a cup of Verona
to go with your slice of chocolate cake! YUM...pure February!

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every girl seeks a happy ending to the story of Romeo and Juliet.
 it could be found at the place where it started,
Verona, Italy. the town has capitalized on it's place in literary history. 

there one can visit the famous balcony inspired by the story,

and leave a letter for Juliet.

each February they stage a festival  called "Verona in Love".
lovers visit from all over the world to dine, shop, and listen to concerts on Piazza Bra.

 at night, the streets are heart lit!
the traditions of Verona inspired the book Letters To Juliet, which
was made into this cute little predictable romantic movie.


Mr D and i will watch it with artichokes and wine, on the Saturday movie
night before Valentine's Day. ( yes, he actually sets aside his sci -fi and
 war movies, to view this romantic "chickish" flick!)

i truly LOVE reading your comments!
i am honored to have you pop in for a visit to 34th street!

(is that chocolate for our pre -work out and breakfast visit? shhhhh!)
it's with CaffeVerona in my cup, and a heart lit like the streets
of Verona, Italy  that i will be visiting you this month!
...and, as always...


  1. Oh you romantic devil you! A post about coffee and chocolate and Italy....I am in heaven. Not sure about the party in the Piazza bra! tee hee!
    I so love those heart shaped lights...aaaahhh! Have a wonderful time leading up to St. Valentine's. Love Linda x

  2. Verona looks so pretty! And how sweet that you two enjoy a little chick flick for V day! xo

  3. why do i not know about letters to Juliet? what a great night you two had!

  4. Very interesting about the festivities in Verona! I love the wall covered in letters. The movie sounds good, too. Wonder if hubs would be up to it?!


  5. Hi Lynne,

    Can I first just say that I ADORE your header...just gorgeous! Secondly, I LOVE February and all the romanticism that comes with it - the sappy, cheesy, and all! :) And I must say that I love Caffe Verona...yum! Now I'm craving a cup with a warm scone to go along with it!!! And I have yet to watch that movie, or read the book {Letters to Juliet} - been wanting to though! Maybe that will be on our "to watch list" this month! Wishing you a Happy February!


  6. Love Letters to Juliet, and must say, my husband loved it too!! The scenery is gorgeous. Nothing quite as good as cafe Verona and chocolates ~